“Life goes by very fast, it can be blurry at times, follow your instinct and your heart!”

–José Fernandez

I was really quite sad to wake up and find out that Jose Fernandez had been killed in a boating accident. If you’re a baseball fan, there’s no need to explain how good of a pitcher he was. If you’re not, he was one of the top pitchers in the game, and at 24 years old, he was looking at a very bright career and had all the potential to become an eventual legend.
Not many celebrity deaths register with me, but I’ve played baseball for most of my life and I suppose that makes it strike a different chord. Even more than being an awesome ballplayer, it seems clear that Fernandez was a well liked guy who in such a short life did a lot of what I hope to do in mine: find something you do well and have a blast while doing it.
Fernandez was a refugee, who defected to the U.S. by raft no more than just a few years ago. His life wasn’t an easy one to begin with, but he made the most of it and spread joy. That’s something that people around us need pretty badly these days, and I feel all the more motivated to remember to have fun while doing my day job. It goes a long way.


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